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Sophie Thorne, PG Dip, MBACP, Accred.

Brighton, BN1 6JG
07960 980731 07960 980731 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am an experienced counsellor with a warm, empathic and non-judgemental approach, offering affordable long-term and short-term counselling to individuals.

All of us can experience emotional difficulties at some point in our lives. You may feel that you have reached crisis point, or perhaps have a general feeling of being stuck or “on the wrong track”. Perhaps relationships or situations that you could cope with previously now feel hard to manage? Counselling can provide a safe, confidential space in which to talk through problems, gain insight, get general support or focus on more specific concerns such as anxiety, loss or relationship issues.

As a psychodynamic counsellor, I am interested in life experiences and relationships from early in life through to the present day. Sometimes, relational or behavourial patterns in the present can have their roots in early relationships and past experiences, but the connection may not immediately be apparent. Exploring these links within the counselling relationship, can help you to work through confusing and painful emotions, gain insight into yourself and your relationships and move forward in your life. Where it's useful, I will also use a cognitive behavioural approach to challenge unhelpful patterns of thinking or acting.

You may feel unsure about what counselling will involve. Because I understand this and because I believe that a good client/counsellor relationship is the key to working together, I offer a half hour introductory appointment at a cost of only £25; this gives you a chance to see if you feel comfortable with me and my approach to therapy, and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. For more details about me and my approach to therapy, please visit my website, www.sophiethornecounselling.com.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Creative Communication with Children & Young People
  • Certificate in Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Qualified counselling supervisor
  • Fully EMDR trained

As an Accredited member of BACP I adhere to their code of Ethics. I am also fully insured, have regular clinical supervision and undertake continuing professional development in order to work with clients to the very best of my abilities.

Current Work

  • I work in private practice in Brighton & Hove, offering both long and short term counselling and supervision.
  • I work at the University of Sussex, providing short-term counselling to students and counselling supervision to trainees; in the past I worked in a similar role at the University of Brighton
  • I have had several years past experience working at Rise, a charity supporting survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
  • I have had many years past experience working at the Rock Clinic, where I was also a counselling supervisor.
  • I am a registered counselling provider with Aviva and Prudential

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with students and young adults

Generalised anxiety disorder and low self esteem

Post natal depression

Family, parenting and relationship issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


  • £25 half hour introductory session
  • £45 per session
  • I am sometimes able to offer a small number of concessionary rates to those who would otherwise be unable to afford counselling.

Further information

My counselling room is located in the easily accessible area of Fiveways. There is metered parking immediately outside, with free parking a few streets away. There are frequent buses which stop immediately outside.

360b Ditchling Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified



Types of client

Young people
Older adults


I am a trained supervisor working in the Brighton area I offer clinical supervision to both trainee and fully qualified counsellors working from a psychodynamic framework.

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Sophie Thorne, PG Dip,  MBACP, Accred.

Sophie Thorne, PG Dip, MBACP, Accred.